The Sunshine Flyer will replace Disney's Magical Express to transport Walt Disney World guests to and from Orlando International Airport (MCO) and it may just be even more magical than Magical Express. Find out everything you need to know about this new service.
This week, Transportation Management Services (TMS) announced The Sunshine Flyer as a new service that would transport guests from MCO to Walt Disney World resort hotels.
The Sunshine Flyer offers a themed experience that is based on old-fashioned railway passenger cars and vintage stream train engines.
A Design and Themed Experience that Walt Disney Would Love
- The exteriors of the buses are designed to look like old-fashioned locomotives or passenger cars (and there are several different designs)
- Staff will be dressed as 1920s rail conductors and engineers
- The buses will have entertainment throughout the trip
- Ticket pre-sales are now available and service begins on February 1, 2022
- For the first 50 days of service, 50% of Sunshine Flyer ticket sales will be donated to Make-A-Wish Central & Northern Florida.
- Make-A-Wish children and their families will receive complimentary service from the Sunshine Flyer for their Disney wishes indefinitely
With 25 years of experience as a large events transportation company working with world-class events such as the FIFA World Cup, NBA Finals and various PGA TOUR Tournaments, TMS is primed to offer a streamlined and well-executed service through The Sunshine Flyer.
- There will be entertainment on the buses
- Complete with a bathroom
- You can attach your child car seat to the three-point harness on seats
- For wheelchairs request an ADA bus when booking
- USB chargers and
- three-point seatbelts for the comfort and safety of all guests
No luggage handling option at launch, but they hope to add it at some future time.
Located in the Main Terminal Building of Orlando International Airport (MCO) in Terminal B, Level 1, in the Ground Transportation area
Will buses depart WDW four hours before flight?
Unclear. "Your bus is scheduled based on your specific flights. We monitor both inbound and outbound flights to make sure your trip is scheduled properly. We will email/text you a more exact departure window the day before your scheduled trips."
According to Sunshine Flyer: "We are using a dynamic routing software that customizes each day’s transfers based on specific riders. We can set the parameters to how long the ride is or how many stops the bus makes. 65 minutes is the longest anyone will be on a bus once it leaves to the final destination."
“By combining our storied expertise in mass transportation management with a creative, themed experience, we have the unique opportunity to offer an experience that’s both stress-free and engaging,” added Sherman. “Disney guests deserve a trip to remember, right from the start. Whether they’re young or old, travelling in a group or solo, we hope The Sunshine Flyer sparks the imagination and excitement of all of our guests from the moment they step on the bus.”
In celebration of Disney’s 50th anniversary, the Sunshine Flyer will donate 50% of all revenue from the first 50,000 passengers during the first 50 days of business to Make-A-Wish Central & Northern Florida.
Tickets for The Sunshine Flyer must be booked at least four days ahead of arrival. Tickets are $17.00 per adult, $12.50 per child each way. For more information and to book tickets, visit www.sunshineflyer.com.
Cancellations 72 hours in advance for full refund, credit if less than that.
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